No words today.
If you’ve not heard, yesterday it was announced that Terry Jones has been diagnosed with a form of degenerative aphasia that is robbing him of his ability to understand language, both written and spoken. So, I wanted to express how much I loved him in language-free pictures, because Terry’s comedy was ALWAYS about energy and visuals, far more than it was about language. It’s why he’s a terrific film director, and perhaps the bravest clown of the 20th Century. I never saw Jerry Lewis play the organ naked.
You occupy a percentage of my brain, Mr. Jones. And most of my heart. Needed to say it.
And if there’s anyone out there who knows him primarily from Python, but hasn’t watched Terry’s endless hours of history programming from the BBC and History Channel, you’ve got something wonderful to look forward to now that I’ve just told you about it. Go find it online.
Ty the Guy OUT!
There’s a number of delightful intersections between the Pythons and comic books. Probably my favourite is the Neal Adams-illustrated scene from THE LIFE OF BRIAN that was written, but not filmed, and then drawn by Neal. It’s not online, (I’ve tried to find it), but it was originally found in the oversized BRIAN book that was available around the time the movie was in theatres. Funniest comic book story every written.
Another fortuitous intersection betwixt the worlds of British Comedy and American Comics came when John Cleese was in America back in the early Sixties, performing with the Cambridge Follies, and took a quickie weekend gig, working with a young cartoonist named Terry Gilliam. who needed an actor to pose for a silly comic book story Terry was working on for HELP magazine, edited by comic book legend, Harvey Kurtzman!
I kid you not. This is one of the meetings that leads to the creation of Monty Python, and COMIC BOOKS WERE THERE!!
PS: Happy Birthday Mom.
And it’s also NATIONAL RABBIT DAY (seriously look it up), but I don’t want to brag.